Penrith Food & Drink

Penrith and the Eden Valley is renowned as a centre for fine local produce and fantastic places to eat and drink. A wide choice of cuisine is available from English favourites to Spanish, Indian, Italian and Chinese cuisine. Traditional pubs in Penrith town centre are numerous, all serving fine Lakeland real ales and locally sourced hearty pub meals. Tearooms and coffee shops are also plentiful, often with on-site gift shops.

Many attractions around Penrith also boast outstanding on-site coffee shops and tearooms including The Upfront Gallery and Acorn Bank Garden. Sample the finest Lakeland local produce in the choice of family cafes at The Rheged Centre near Penrith.

Real Ale Pubs

Traditional pubs and inns in Penrith are one of the feature attractions around the town centre and many are listed in the Good Beer Guide. The town is one of the best in the Lake District for fine real ale pubs serving a range of sumptuous real ales including Lake District favourites like Jennings real ales. Enjoy delicious Sunday roast dinners in Penrith pubs featuring best British Lakeland Beef.

Penrith pubs by day are lively centres for specialist shoppers and by night often feature great live music events, acoustic sessions and open mic nights. Find more charming country inns at nearby Eden Valley villages including Bampton, Greystoke, Great Salkeld and in the Lakes around nearby Ullswater.


Take your pick from a wide choice of world cuisine restaurants around Penrith town centre ranging from Thai Cafes and Tandoori to authentic Italian restaurants and a range of traditional English meals served up in Penrith’s fantastic choice of fine inns. Restaurants and inns cluster around Devonshire Street and Market Square in the heart of the town centre.

Food Trail

Taste the flavours and local produce of the Eden Valley and head off on the Penrith Food Trail taking in premier farmers’ markets, food and farm shops, best restaurants, inns and markets in the Penrith and Eden Valley Area. Highlights include Little Salkeld Watermill and The Village Bakery at Melmerby and Cranstons Cumbrian Food Hall.

Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.